It’s certainly been an enormously busy year for the team at Llewellyn Communications. Not only have we launched a new website, welcomed a new team member (introducing Veda Dante, one of our content creators extraordinaire!) and worked on some wonderful campaigns, but we also took a night out at the end of October to celebrate our 15th anniversary. And what better way to celebrate than to enjoy Australia’s most awarded restaurant, Quay.

It was a sensational evening and allowed us to reflect on the year and, indeed, the past 15 years.

Speaking of 15 years, in October we worked on a fundraising campaign for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) to promote its 15th Qantas Pathways Charity Flight. The annual flight raises much needed funds for RIDBC, which assists over 6500 children and adults with vision or hearing loss, and their families, across Australia.

This year’s flight saw 180 passengers fly to Tasmania for the day, taking in the sights and sounds of Hobart’s Salamanca Markets before they enjoyed a leisurely ferry trip down the Derwent to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). While at the MONA, guests were able to wander around the exhibits, not to mention be treated to a sumptuous 3-course lunch created with local produce. Joining passengers on this special return flight from Sydney to historic Hobart was Tasmanian Brand Ambassador and well-known media celebrity, Ray Martin, in addition to distinguished ABC radio presenter, Simon Marnie. The event raised $110,000 and brings to almost $1.3 million raised since the first flight took off 15 years ago.

Inspiring Australians

The year also saw us providing some assistance to our client Konekt, whose marketing and communications manager contacted us when one of the company’s occupational therapists, Michael Lyddiard, was named as a finalist in the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards.

Michael is, quite simply, a delightful person with a very inspirational story. In 2007, Michael, who was at the time a Sergeant with the Australian Army, was severely wounded in Afghanistan while disarming an improvised explosive device. What Michael has done since puts many of us to shame.

Not only did he successfully re-build his life to become an avid athlete and aspiring Paralympian, but the father of three also has become a valuable member of the Konekt team who looks after mentally and physically injured defence personnel. While Michael didn’t win the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year, he is a winner in the eyes of many and it was an honour and a privilege to work with him.

It was also a privilege to work with well-known Australian gardening guru Don Burke, who was one of the faces of a lawncare campaign we undertook for lawn and garden care experts Scotts Australia. Our remit was to create awareness of the wonderful benefits the humble lawn provides and the different products Scotts produces to help keep them lush and green. That was a fun campaign and we are all now very aware of what we need to do to keep our lawns looking their best.

Another inspiring Australian success story is that of our “newest” client Jirsch Sutherland. While we have worked with the insolvency firm on an as needs basis for many years, their recent growth and appointment of a new COO saw the need to really focus on external communications. We’re very much enjoying the work, which encompasses content creation, media relations and strategy, and are looking forward to the new year with our “new” partner.

That’s it in a nutshell. We’d like to thank all our clients, media contacts and business partners for an exciting (and busy) 2016 and we wish you a very happy and safe Christmas.

Please note that LlewComm will officially be closed from Friday 23 December 2016 and will reopen on Monday 9 January 2017. However, for any urgent requirements, Lisa will be available on lisa@llewcom.com.au or 0419 401 362.

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